Ernest Luning, Colorado Politics

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Background: Professor in the Sociology Department, Colorado State University, 2005; professor in Social Sciences, Colorado Mountain College, Alpine, 1995-2004; Routt County Commission, 2007-2012; Colorado House of Representatives, District 26, 2013-2017; 3rd Congressional District Democratic nominee, 2018 and 2020.

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In an observation echoing national election forecasters, a number of seasoned politicos with roots in the sprawling district told Colorado Politics that Mitsch Bush’s chances of moving the seat into the Democratic column are better than they would have been had the less flamboyant Tipton had won the nomination, but it’ll still be a tough lift among the 3rd CD’s largely rural and smaller-town voters.

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Lauren Boebert, the Republican who defeated U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District primary on June 30, wants to run to be the conservative AOC, referencing liberal firebrand U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York, but Democrats hope voters associate her with another political initial.

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